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2017 made me sick. Literally.

2017 made me sick. Literally.

  I won’t lie. 2017 was good to me, and it wasn’t good to a lot of my friends and family. Most of that has to do with the fact that I’m in Canada and they’re in the United States. I’m a permanent resident here, working on attaining citizenship. My graduate degrees come from Canadian institutions, and I’m married to a Canadian, my literary agent is Canadian, my most recent novel made it to the final round of Canada Reads,…

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What I’ve been up to: Canada Reads, Dubai, teaching

What I’ve been up to: Canada Reads, Dubai, teaching

Did you know that Company Town has been shortlisted for CBC Books’ Canada Reads 2017? For those who aren’t familiar with it, Canada Reads is a national books competition sponsored by Canada’s public broadcaster. This year, the theme is “What is the one book that all Canadians should read right now?” First there’s a longlist of between 10-15 books, then a shortlist of five, each of which is advocated for by a Canadian celebrity. There are also public appearances and…

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Awards eligibility, 2016 edition

Awards eligibility, 2016 edition

I tend not to write these, mostly because I’m absorbed in Twitter and other end of year tasks. But I realized that I actually had a novel and a couple of publicly-available short stories come out this year, instead of half-finished novels and science fiction prototypes that never travel outside a board room. (Although I did write those, too.) So, without further ado:

The Company Tour is real!

The Company Tour is real!

About three weeks ago, my friends at the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination asked me to join them at the annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing for a “book sprint.” I’ve done similar sprints with them before — in collaboration with the WorldBank’s EVOKE project, I wrote a complete 10-page comic book script on the future of human trafficking. But knowing that my airfare would be paid for, I started to wonder if I could turn…

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Where is this place? (On creating my first transmedia campaign.)

Where is this place? (On creating my first transmedia campaign.)

Just before the Christmas of 2015, a friend got in touch and said she had a really interesting opportunity for me. Early on Christmas Eve morning, she brought me to a location in the suburbs of Toronto, and introduced me to someone. This someone was warm and welcoming and gracious, and the location she’d brought me to was obviously very special to him. The task, I was told, was to communicate that specialness to other people. To find someone who…

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On (not) having a heart attack in Canada.

On (not) having a heart attack in Canada.

In the small hours of yesterday morning, I felt my heart squeezing inside my chest. It thudded, like in a comic book. I felt it pulsing down into my fingers. Each time I rolled over, I felt it there, leaden, like a ball bearing sliding up and down the walls of my body. Eventually I was able to go back to sleep. When I woke up, I felt like I had run a marathon. The pain was tight across my…

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Oh hey, the first COMPANY TOWN review

Oh hey, the first COMPANY TOWN review

  ARC’s (pictured above, with a delightful blurb by none other than Mira Grant) went out a little while ago, and now the first review is in. This is great, because I’ve been having those moments when I wake up at four am and wonder if the book is actually terrible, and I was deluding myself all along. But, Publisher’s Weekly seems not to think so: Hwa does pretty well for herself as a bodyguard for the sex workers who…

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“Be Seeing You” up at Motherboard

“Be Seeing You” up at Motherboard

Hey, would you be interested in reading a chapter from my forthcoming Tor Books novel Company Town? If so, you’re in luck, because VICE’s tech and SF blog Motherboard has posted it for your holiday reading pleasure. “Be Seeing You” is also part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pwning Tomorrow anthology, which features stories from (among others) Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, Kameron Hurley, Ramez Naam, Charlie Jane Anders, and Annalee Newitz. In other words, I’m really lucky that the folks…

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